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January 2001

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The Bryan/College Station area experienced a fairly cold month of January as the mean monthly temperature was 0.9°F below normal (47.6°F). In fact January 2001 was the first below-normal January since 1997. Temperatures dipped below freezing nine times during the month, the lowest coming on the 3rd and 20th, when temperatures bottomed out at 24°F. Rainfall during the month occurred often, yet amounted to little. Only 2.44" (-0.21" below average) fell on 10 different days. January began with frigid temperatures due to a cold front which moved through the area on New Year’s Eve. After a brief warm-up, temperatures once again dropped and 0.70" of rain fell in 24 hours when a low pressure system developed over South Texas. Temperatures remained relatively cool until the last week of January as a series of cold fronts moved through the state. Easterwood Field recorded precipitation on six of seven days from the 13th to the 19th as a result of these fronts.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 34°F 30°F ‑17°F   Maximum 57.1°F ‑1.3°F
2 38°F 28°F ‑16°F   Minimum 38.1°F ‑0.6°F
3 45°F 24°F ‑14°F   Average 47.6°F ‑0.9°F
4 65°F 27°F ‑3°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 71°F 32°F +4°F   Heating 536 +14
6 72°F 34°F +5°F   Cooling 4 ‑7
7 62°F 48°F +7°F 0.05" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 59°F 33°F ‑2°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 62°F 29°F ‑2°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 ‑1
10 49°F 40°F ‑4°F 0.70" Minimum ≤ 32°F 9 ‑2
11 48°F 41°F ‑4°F    
12 48°F 43°F ‑2°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 51°F 43°F ‑1°F 0.22" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 61°F 39°F +2°F   Monthly Total 2.78" +0.13"
15 59°F 41°F +2°F 0.02" Year-to-date Total 2.44" ‑0.21"
16 51°F 45°F 0°F 0.28" Days ≥ 0.01" 10 +1
17 46°F 40°F ‑5°F 0.19"  
18 41°F 39°F ‑8°F 0.55" Monthly Extremes
19 50°F 35°F ‑6°F 0.03" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 49°F 24°F ‑12°F   Highest Temperature 76°F 27th
21 50°F 31°F ‑8°F   Lowest Temperature 24°F 3rd, 20th
22 54°F 27°F ‑8°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.70" 10th
23 58°F 33°F ‑4°F   Maximum Wind Gust 30 mph 19th
24 64°F 40°F +3°F    
25 66°F 38°F +3°F   Record Book for January
26 71°F 51°F +12°F T Highest Temperature 86°F 1972
27 76°F 57°F +18°F T Lowest Temperature ‑3°F 1949
28 71°F 62°F +18°F 0.02" Highest Minimum 70°F 1950
29 68°F 44°F +7°F 0.38" Lowest Maximum 19°F 1962
30 71°F 43°F +8°F   Wettest Month 15.61" 1991
31 60°F 41°F +0°F   Driest Month 0.21" 1936
  Wettest 24 Hours 7.13" 1896
"T" indicates daily precipitation ≤ 0.005".
BOLDFACE indicates an extreme daily value for the month.
ITALICS indicates a daily record was set or tied.
*Departure from the 1961‑1990 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
No new records were set or tied in January 2001.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
No near records were reported in January 2001.
*NOTE: Records from 1910 through July 1951 are based on observations taken at the Texas Agricultural
Experiment Station main farm located 7 miles SW of College Station. Records from August 1951 through
the present are based on observations taken at Easterwood Field.


February Normals for College Station
Beginning of the month: 61°F/40°F Monthly precipitation: 2.62"
Middle of the month: 63°F/42°F Precipitation days: 8
End of the month: 67°F/46°F Days ≤ 32°F:  6